According to a new study, commercial dermatology products could increase the risk of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA). The findings, published within the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, show common products could be responsible for hair loss.
Here, we’ll look at the new study and its findings, alongside a brief overview of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia.
The latest Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia study
The latest cohort study included 451 Brazilian adults who had been diagnosed with FFA. All patients were 18 or over and were from 11 different medical centres across the country. The participants were matched with 451 nonscarring alopecia patients who received care at the same centre.
Electronic questionnaires were completed to gather information on environmental exposures, lifestyle factors and demographics. Women made up 96% of the study participants. In the FFA group, 60% had gone through the menopause compared to 44% of the control patients.
In regression models, it was revealed FFA had an association with hair straightening products and facial moisturising creams. Frequent use of clarifying shampoo and smoking were also found to have links to FFA. However, unlike previously thought, the study didn’t find any link to sunscreen use.
Building on previous hair loss research
This recent study builds on previous research which has identified links between cosmetic product use and FFA. In 2016, a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology revealed leave-on facial skin care products were associated with the condition.Researchers from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield surveyed 105 women with FFA. They also matched them to 100 control subjects of the same age and sex.
It was revealed that compared to the control group, patients with FFA used sunscreen more often. They also tended to use more facial skin care products. A link was also discovered between thyroid disease and FFA.
While this previous study identified a potential link to sunscreen use, the latest Brazilian study didn’t. What the two did identify, was that facial skincare products do have a link to the condition.
What is Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia?
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia causes hair loss, typically along the hairline. It is also referred to as scarring alopecia and it largely affects women.
The condition leads to inflammation which destroys the hair follicle. This is then replaced by permanent scarring. It has only recently been recognised as a condition and the true cause is unknown.
Mainly affecting post-menopausal women, it is thought hormones could be a contributing factor to FFA. However, this new research shows common skincare products could also be a problem.
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia is a growing problem, leading experts to believe it is our lifestyle that is causing the rise. This latest research pinpoints some of the risk factors that have been identified.
For those living with the condition, there are effective treatments to manage it. Book a consultation with a hair expert at David Fenton by calling 020 7580 8356 to see whether FFA is the cause of your hair loss.